March 7, 2019

Pastor’s Corner:
I once heard of the story of the spring whose waters had certain medicinal properties so that those who drank from it were helped in various infirmities. In the course of time, homes sprang up around the spring – then came a hotel, stores, and eventually town that grew into a city. But there came a day when visitors would ask, “Where is the spring from which this grew?” and the residents would say, with embarrassment, “We are sorry, but somehow in the midst of all our progress and improvement, we lost the spring.”
 
Institutional Christianity’s biggest problem today is to find its lost spring. The church’s greatest challenges in these last days certainly are not challenges that cannot be overcome. It simply takes a bit of refocusing and realignment, and yes, repentance. The church (the saved ones) loses the spring when she heightens the material over the spiritual, the old man over the New Man, foolishness over wisdom, and the temporal rather than the eternal. Just this past week in the mail I received an anonymous letter from an Oklahoma bishop asking that I send him a vow of faith (monetarily, of course), then all of my problems would fade away. Attached with the letter was a “paper” prayer cloth fresh off the printing press, promising me riches if only I put my confidence in his paper thread. I thought how silly some folks tend to be. Then it hit me, somebody in Tulsa needs to find the lost spring!
 
Maybe today you or someone you know needs to find the lost spring. I can tell you simply, it is a well that never runs dry!
 
Jayson Hoagland

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March 1, 2019

Pastor’s Corner:
THERE IS A STRANGE VOICE. . . lacking today. Don’t get me wrong, we have many voices, but there is an utterance noticeably absent from today’s pulpit. It is the voice of a prophet. A man named Michael Catt once recalled sitting in Vance Havner’s living room eleven months before he died. He was unable to travel and preach as he had for over 60 years. Havner told him he was writing a new book and was going to call the book “FINALLY BRETHREN.”
HE LEANED OVER TOWARD HIM . with that twinkle in his eye and said, “Now, I’m not saying the Lord’s told me anything. . . (lengthy pause) . . .but then again I’m not saying He hasn’t either.” At that moment he knew the end was near. That afternoon he asked Havner to pray that he might have a portion of the prophets’ mantle. He never forgot the hands of that giant resting on his shoulder as he prayed for him.
VANCE HAVNER DIED. . . at age 84, on August 12, 1986. Men of his caliber are sadly missing on the evangelical horizon. Our generation knows more about being a CEO than serving God. The great voices of God are passing off the scene and boomer preachers are, for the most part, as one person puts it, issuing a resounding thud in the pulpit. HAVNER WAS NEVER FLASHY. . . just a humble preacher boy from the country with the obvious anointing of a prophet. Havner wrote over 30 books yet never had a secretary, mailed a brochure or established an evangelistic association. He never promoted himself (a lesson a few evangelists and preachers need to learn).
I am increasingly burdened by the absence of prophets on the American scene. We desperately need a voice “crying in the wilderness.” We don’t need any more faith healers, or health and wealth charlatans. We need prophets calling us to repentance! Catt later quoted that “the church has more resources and yet a greater ignorance of God’s Word than ever before. The Bible is seldom read and rarely applied. Prophets preach ‘thus saith the Lord.’ We’ve far too many on milk who should have graduated to meat. IT IS NOT ENOUGH. . . that conservatives appreciate the Word. It must also be appropriated, assimilated and applied. We don’t need entertainers. We need expositors who preach the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Havner was right when he said, “Water down truth to keep a church, or keep the carnal quiet is the death of the prophet.” God grant is more Vance Havner’s in the pulpits (and yes) even in the pews.
 
In The Harvest,
Jayson Hoagland

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February 16, 2019

Pastor’s Corner…
 

I have read of a dilapidated little shop whose owner was about to go out of business. The floor was unswept, the windows unwashed, the goods in disorder, the proprietor careless and untidy. One day the king came by, saw the wretched condition of the place, and said to the shopkeeper, “If you will do as I say, I will let you put over the door the sign APPROVED BY THE KING.” The proprietor gladly consented. Everything was changed-the floors swept, the windows washed, the goods put in order, the keeper himself cleaned up. Soon customers began to come and money rang in the till because over the door was written the approval of the king. Have you ever let the King take over? Has your prayer ever been:

 
Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole;
I want Thee forever to live in my soul.
Break down every idol, cast out every foe;
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

Let the King take over the little shop of your life and there will be customers! You will be a blessing to others and a work-man approved unto Him.
 
Pastor Jayson 

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December 21, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:
When God gave us His Christmas present in the form of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, without question He gave us a greater gift than we could have ever imagined or wanted. Today, we will take a look at the opening of John’s glorious gospel. Unlike the other gospel writers, God was not concerned so much about the
where and the when of Christmas as he was the who and the why of Christmas. John assumed the reality of the manger, but he wanted us to understand the revelation of the manger.
When you compare John to Matthew, Mark, and Luke, you will discover quickly that John was not the broadest writer, but he was definitely the deepest. You read nothing in John's gospel about the birth of Jesus. You do not read about the manger, the angels, the shepherds, nor Bethlehem. John does not talk about the baptism of Jesus; the temptation of Jesus. You read nothing about the garden of Gethsemane. Not one of the thirty-nine parables that Jesus told are found in John’s gospel.
In the chosen five short verses of sixty-five words, John gives us enough truth and enough theology about the person of the Lord Jesus Christ to fill up five books and 65,000 words. Someone has well said about this passage: “Never has so much been said in so few words.”
Open your hearts and minds today as we truly discover the Christ of Christmas! Let God speak to you more now than ever before. I hope and pray this Christmas is the very best of all.
Merry Christmas, Pastor Jayson

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November 28, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:
 
One day a few summers back I was “yard-sailing” with my family in Myrtle Beach when I drove by a house that was having a rummage sale. Even though we did not stay long at this one particular yard, I could not help but notice the display closest to the street—what caught my eye was a table filled with old trophies that were now for sale on someone's driveway. I had to wonder why anyone would be interested in purchasing a used trophy. What could they possibly do with it? The trophies for sale probably had the name of the recipient engraved on it, along with a brief description of their meritorious actions. Who would want to put someone else's trophy on their mantle?
Later, I began to wonder why the seller wanted to get rid of their old trophies in the first place. I am sure that at one time those trophies held a lot of value, or at least some emotional attachment. Trophies usually signify some accomplishment—they serve to remind us of some success in our business or personal life. Maybe a bowling trophy loses its luster when one stops bowling. That trophy from a winning high school football season might not seem as important thirty years later when your own children are in college. What we value today might wind up in the trash or on a table at a rummage sale tomorrow.
The truth of the matter is that there is nothing in this life we can carry with us into the next. The trinkets and knick-knacks we treasure here on earth will be of no value in eternity. This being so, it makes one wonder why we spend so much time acquiring earthly possessions, but so little time preparing for the life which is to come.
Suppose you gained all that this world has to offer—what would you really have? A handful of tinsel? Jesus told His disciples: "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:24–26).
 
Pastor Jayson,

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November 15, 2018

Pastor’s Corner….

The day before Thanksgiving an elderly man in Phoenix called his son in New York and said to him, “I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; 45 years of misery is enough. We’re sick of each other, and so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her.”

Frantic, the son called his sister, who exploded on the phone. “They are not getting divorced,” she shouted. “I’ll take care of this.”

She called Phoenix immediately, and said to her father. “You are NOT getting divorced. Don’t you do a single thing until I get there. I’m calling my brother back, and we’ll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don’t do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?”

The man hung up his phone and turned to his wife. “Okay, honey. The kids are coming for Thanksgiving and paying for their own flights.”

Thanksgiving is a great family time. It’s when most families get together to eat, share, laugh, have a good time, and demonstrate love to one another. I VOTE FOR LOVING ONE ANOTHER!

Some people are fortunate enough to be with their family members on Thanksgiving. If so, thank God. Some don’t get to spend time with their family members on Thanksgiving, still, we must be thankful. IT IS ALWAYS RIGHT TO BE THANKFUL! We are blessed.  

Have a Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours,

Pastor Jayson and Family,


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October 25, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:
“THE LOVE TEST” “Someone’s in the parking lot, and I think they’re going through cars.”
 
It was a Sunday morning in July 2016 at Faith Baptist Church in Glendale, Arizona. Lupe Menzoza was preparing to teach the teen Sunday School class when he was informed of suspicious behavior in the church parking lot. When he went to check it out, he realized that his phone, which he had left in his car, had been stolen.
Lupe knew who the culprit was: a young castaway boy named Cloude who frequently caused trouble. A conversation with Cloude and his father later that day was unhelpful—the boy denied the theft, and the language barrier kept Lupe from communicating with his father. Lupe walked away, writing it off as a lost cause.
The next morning, he found his phone in a ditch between the church and an apartment complex.
That’s when something clicked. No matter who had stolen his phone, this forgotten child needed to be ministered to. He needed Jesus.
“We need to help these kids,” Lupe, a high school history teacher, remembers thinking. “We need to do something with them. Either we are going to reach them, or the world is going to reach them.”
Every church has what I call their “love tests” which are comprised of a person or persons who may act or be different than you are. That person may do things that simply drive you nuts or sometimes drive you away. Consider those moments as your own love test. Jesus said that we must (not maybe) love one another. Whoever it is, whoever they come from, and however much they may push you to the edge, choose to love! Folks, I believe there are three clear marks in the lives of the closest followers of Christ….Loving, Giving, and Forgiving!
 
So please, take the time to love on your love test today.
 
Pastor Jayson

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October 18, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:
One of the earliest heresies in the church was Gnosticism—a system of doctrine which ultimately denied the humanity of Christ. Were it not so serious, one could almost be amused at the distortions which have been preached relative to Jesus Christ. The first century denied His humanity; the twentieth century denies His deity. Thus, man has tried
both ends of heresy. Yet the truly Biblical doctrine is that He was fully and uniquely God as well as being perfectly human. Sometimes we so emphasize the deity of Christ that we neglect the fact that He was a man. The fact that He became a man is important for these two reasons:
(1) His humanity qualified Him to die for us. Jesus is described as our mediator (1 Timothy. 2:5). Paul said, &quote; For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.& quote; A mediator must be able to represent the positions of both of the parties which, though presently alienated, seek reconciliation. As a divine person, Jesus was more than qualified to represent God; as a man, He was qualified to represent humanity.
(2) The humanity of Jesus enabled Him to understand the nature of our problems. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need& quote; (Hebrews 4:15-16).
Although the doctrine of the deity of Christ is important and perhaps has been the object of more of our preaching, the doctrine of the humanity of Christ is also important. For this reason, John said that anyone who denied the humanity of Jesus was the anti-Christ (1 John. 4:2-3). Practically, the fact that Jesus became a man makes it easier for me to approach the throne of grace in my prayers. May the message today spark your prayer life that we all may approach Him more boldly.
Pastor Jayson

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October 11, 2018

Areawide unity can be a special thing when churches make an effort to join hands and hearts to worship and make a difference for the Kingdom!
“Adoration 2018” is coming once again to the ETSU Minidome on Sunday, October 21. Please remember there will NOT be an evening service at Sinking Creek next week during this exciting night of church unity. Our church will participate at the mini dome for “Adoration 2019” with the goal of fellowship with 1,000 other churches for praise and worship and to bring awareness to the drug crises in our area. The public prayer service will be from 1:30pm-4pm and the main event is from 6pm-9pm. Refreshments will be available at the concessions to enjoy as well. Different area guest speakers will be featured thru the evening. Anyone wanting to participate may meet at the mini dome’s main entrance at 5:45pm which will allow us to worship and sit together as a church. This will be a great evening of unity.
I hope to see you there!
Pastor Jayson

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October 5, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:
Jennifer and I would like to thank all of you for your ongoing love and support as Jaycie Mae is still in the NICU at Vanderbilt as of today (Wednesday), and we covet your prayers as her three month mark approaches.
The baby’s progress has been steady yet her breathing still requires outside help with over 30% oxygen most of the time. She passed her hearing exam on Monday (Yay!) and awaiting to see the results of her eye exam. She’s also sleeping now in an open crib but still dependence on the oxygen. Her birth weight (as you know) was one pound and ten ounces. Currently she weighs in at a blazing four pounds and twelve ounces!! Safe to say she has no eating deficiencies! She is a fighter and all of us at home can’t wait until she is finally home.
I’ve discovered through this journey that prayer makes a big difference in our lives as Christians. We can go without and we should never be satisfied with substitutes. I pray that today’s message from the Word will guide you in your own prayer life that we all will discover boundless truths in the Lord’s model prayer.
 
Keep the Faith,
Pastor Jayson

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